Angela Bassett didn’t do the thing Sunday night.
After a long awards season full of nominations and accolades, Bassett went home empty handed at the 95th Academy Awards.
The 64-year-old was up for best supporting actress for her role as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The nomination is the first-ever for a Marvel film, so a win would have been historic. It would have also been extra-special considering Sunday was Bassett’s hubby Courtney B. Vance’s birthday. He told us a win for his wife was all he wanted for his 63rd birthday.
The Academy however crowned Jamie Lee Curtis the winner for her portrayal in Everything Everywhere All At Once. Curtis also took home the prize at the SAG Awards a few weeks earlier.
Still, Bassett was expected to be a shoe-in by many pundits, after taking home the Golden Globe, Critics Choice, African American Film Critics Association Award and NAACP Image Awards for her work in the film. Black Twitter was also rooting for her big time, calling the show hashtag “Angela Bassett’s Oscars” while she was trending Saturday night.
When Curtis’ name was announced Bassett seemed less than thrilled — giving a half smirk and didn’t clap.
Some Twitter users were disappointed to see the “Black Panther” star sit through the applause for Curtis.
“Angela Bassett’s reaction hurts me,” one person said.
“Regardless of who won that Oscar … Angela Bassett could have clapped for the winner. To just sit there and not clap because you didn’t win …” someone said.
Others were just disappointed Bassett didn’t win.
you’re telling me that corny ass Performance from Jaime lee curtis was better than this piece of Art Angela Bassett delivered?pic.twitter.com/lgykpGMKg7
— ST☆R BOY (@Dr7gns) March 13, 2023
— ✍🏾🗣 (@writtenbytruth) March 13, 2023
Angela Bassett’s reaction to Jamie Lee Curtis’ name being called…you can tell how much that Oscar would have meant to her. she is, was, and always will be incredible. I better see her on that stage SOON pic.twitter.com/oHDfuDUksG
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) March 13, 2023
— ♈︎ (@bvbhive) March 13, 2023
When presenters Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors took the stage to hand out the award for best cinematography, they honored Bassett.
“Hey Auntie,” Jordan said, which was a reference to 2018’s “Black Panther.”
“We love you,” Majors added.
Earlier in the night, Bassett, who was first nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” told Entertainment Tonight that she was “feeling pretty good.”
Wearing a purple Moschino gown, Bassett was joined by her husband, Courtney B. Vance, and their 17-year-old twins, Bronwyn and Slater.
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